Wed 23 Jan | The Providence Journal

Donald F. Hornig dies; was president of Brown University

Donald F. Hornig, former president of Brown University, died Monday, the university said Tuesday. Hornig, a chemist, was the 14th president of Brown University, from 1970 to 1976. In addition to a long academic career, he has had several federal assignments, including science adviser to the late President Lyndon B. Johnson. 

Wed 23 Jan | RI NPR

Bernice King at Brown; Charles Ogletree at URI

Brown will host Bernice King, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr., on Jan. 30. She will give the annual MLK Jr. lecture. Her speech is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium. It is also free and open to the public.

Wed 23 Jan |

Brown Tops-Off $35-Million Renovation Project, Touts New Jobs Plan

Placing the final beam atop the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching, Brown University officially celebrated the topping-off of a $35-million dollar renovation project today and announced a new agreement that university representatives say will provide more opportunities for graduates of the Building Futures program

Tue 22 Jan | Los Angeles Times

Overkill in the war on pot

Marie Myung-Ok Lee, visiting lecturer in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, pens an op-ed on the crackdown on marijuana dispensaries and the need for the drug for medicinal purposes. 

Tue 22 Jan | WPRI

Forget ‘Team of Rivals.’ Did this Brown prof inspire ‘Lincoln’?

Ted Nesi writes about a recent The New Republic article that makes the case that a 2001 book by Michael Vorenberg, associate professor of history, was the primary source for the movie "Lincoln," not Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bestselling “Team of Rivals,” as screenwriter Tony Kushner claims.  

Tue 22 Jan | Associated Press

Losing Ground: Minority infants face higher mortality rate

Amal Trivedi, assistant professor of health services policy and practice, comments on research that finds that infant mortality rates are much higher among minorities than caucasians. “I find that deeply concerning. You know, the rates have improved for both groups, but they’re still sharply unequal, deeply unequal, and we can do better as a society,” Trivedi says.

Tue 22 Jan | The New York Times

For Rape Victims in India, Police Are Often Part of the Problem

Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, comments on the treatment of female rape victims by Indian police, who often use their powers to deliver abused women into the hands of their abusers so as to avoid shaming the woman's family. “A woman’s body as the site of cultural purity is the predominant theme in the epics. And dishonoring a woman is equal to dishonoring a family and even a culture,” Varshney said.

Mon 21 Jan |

PowerPlayer: Marisa Quinn

Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs and University relations, is profiled as one of the website's "Power Players." In this Q&A, she answers questions about her role at Brown, the University's direction in 2013 and its community impact. 

Sun 20 Jan | The Providence Journal

Cicilline has aim to repair Congress

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on the "No Labels" movement, a national citizen-led effort to change the way government works, which Congressman Cicilline supports. While she applauds the movement, she also notes that labels are a crucial part of American politics. Government is complex, she said, and labels such as Republican and Democrat are helpful shortcuts.

Sun 20 Jan | The Providence Journal

Seeking a better life, one poem at a time

An article on Rick Benjamin, adjunct assistant professor in environmental studies and public humanities, who was recently appointed State Poet of Rhode Island. Benjamin talks about his life as a poet and his aspirations for his new position. 

Sun 20 Jan | The Providence Journal

Sounding notes of harmony

Channing Gray pens a lengthy article on the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra's return to Brown this week. The eight-day residency includes two concerts and three on-campus events. 

Sun 20 Jan | International Herald Tribune

Are We There Yet?

Robert Self, associate professor of history, pens an op-ed on former presidents who had the opportunity to deliver a second inaugural address, how their re-election allowed their respective parties to reset the nation’s political center of gravity, and the challenges Obama faces in his second term. 

Thu 17 Jan |

State Leaders, Experts Call Chafee Budget ‘A Good First Step’

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, weighs in on Gov. Chafee's State of the State address last night, saying she felt the governor gave a “strong speech” outlining “his fiscal priorities for the state with the appropriate emphasis on the economy and its components parts including corporate tax rates, education, and infrastructure.”

Thu 17 Jan | The Providence Journal

Roses and raspberries for 2012

Dave Brussat awards a rose to Brown to lead donor Jonathan Nelson, "for the inspired classicism" of the Nelson Fitness Center. He also awards roses to project architect Gary Brewer,  and to Ruth Simmons, who "finally agreed to Nelson’s request to ditch the original ridiculous design by the modernist firm SHoP, of New York."

Thu 17 Jan |

Obama's first-term campaign promises

James Morone, professor of political science, comments on the success of Obama's landmark health care law, which he says is a rare legislative achievement on par with the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. "So many things have to come together, and presidential leadership is absolutely essential. I don’t think Obama has yet gotten the full credit for this accomplishment that history will give him," he said.

Thu 17 Jan | Financial Times

A funny way of firing up the locomotive

The argument against budget cuts that Mark Blyth, professor of international economy, makes in his new book "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea" is cited in this article on the U.K.'s strategy for stimulating economic growth. 

Thu 17 Jan | Financial Times

A funny way of firing up the locomotive

The argument against budget cuts that Mark Blyth, professor of international economy, makes in his new book "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea" is cited in this article on the U.K.'s strategy for stimulating economic growth. Subscription needed to view article. 

Wed 16 Jan |

Chafee Earns Mixed Grades On Mid-Term Report Card

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, along with several other state political leaders grades Gov. Chafee's performance so far, giving him a B-, saying that Chafee has made efforts to improve the state but has faced resistance at the State House.

Wed 16 Jan | The Providence Journal

State’s colleges form research collaborative

Embracing a recommendation that political leaders tap into the expertise of Rhode Island’s colleges and universities, Governor Chafee on Tuesday announced the formation of a new research collaborative among all of the state’s institutions of higher learning. The state’s largest philanthropy, the Rhode Island Foundation, has pledged $100,000, a donation that will be matched by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.

Wed 16 Jan | Reuters

Fecal transplant may relieve severe diarrhea

Colleen Kelly, clinical assistant professor of medicine, comments on a new study that finds that that inserting fecal material from a healthy person into the gut of someone with severe diarrheamay cure their problem more effectively than antibiotics. Kelly was not involved in the study but uses fecal transplant in her practice. 

Wed 16 Jan | Nature

Scientific families: Dynasty

An article on the far-reaching effects of ecologist Bob Paine, who trained a thriving dynasty of around 40 students and postdocs in his 50 year career. Quotes Heather Leslie, assistant professor of environmental studies, a former student of Jane Lubchenco, who studied under Paine. 

Wed 16 Jan | The Atlantic

IVF on Steroids: The Dangerous Off-Label Use of 'Dex' During Pregnancy

Philip Gruppuso, associate dean of medicine, comments on the use of the steroid dexamethasone as a means of preventing miscarriage in women who became pregnant via IVF. Gruppuso warns that prenatal synthetic glucocorticoid exposure could permanently change the way a person's genetics will operate over his or her lifetime.

Tue 15 Jan | The New York Times

Study: More to Meal Delivery Than Food

The New Old Age blog reports on Brown research that found that states that spent more than the average to deliver meals showed greater reductions in the proportion of nursing home residents who didn’t need to be there. Quotes study co-author Vincent Mor, professor of health services policy and practice.